Kate Navarra Thibodeau

Kate Navarra Thibodeau, 28, is the Curator at Wistariahurst Museum, former home of the Skinner family of Holyoke, Massachusetts. She has been there for 5 years.

Thibodeau graduated from the University of Rochester in upstate New York with a bachelor?s degree in Anthropology in 2001.  She earned her Master?s degree in American History from the Public History Program in the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Thibodeau feels it is important not only to collect and preserve stories and documents, but share them with the public.  She is the author of two books, Holyoke: The Skinner Family and Wistariahurst, and Destination: Holyoke.

Thibodeau spent four summers in Alaska as a member of an archaeological and excavation team for the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, and is often found reading up on recent archaeological finds.  When not organizing collections and researching exhibits at Wistariahurst, Thibodeau enjoys researching her own family?s history, knitting and getting together with friends.



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